In this third book in Hodges' series, the rift has opened yet again between our world and the world of Daradawn, populated with unicorns, elves, fairies and dragons.

Angel is a half-elf, taken to her homeworld by her grandfather so that she can meet her father's family. Little do they know that they'll be drawn into an unresolved magical conflict directed at the heart of Daradawn's ruling elite. Unwittingly, Angel provides an initial upper hand to the forces of evil, but in the end, good prevails.

With an interesting concept and some compelling characters, this book moves along briskly, never stopping in one place for too long. At times, there are so many characters that it's difficult to keep track of them, and newcomers to the series will have a hard time determining familial relationships.

A pleasant, quick read, this novel has a tidy ending that satisfies all the threads of the plot while leaving the reader wondering what happens next. (Dec. '04, 400 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs